But here are some facts... These companies net MILLIONS in profits each year, they are NOT being hurt by having to take proper care of their employees. Small businesses, those who don't make enough money to afford to provide healthcare, are exempt from the law. The exemptions for small businesses were meant to ensure that those companies who couldn't afford it, didn't go under, not so that the companies who could afford it would cheat their employees just so they don't have to.
And I do understand wanting to place blame, because frankly, there IS someone at fault here. But that person is NOT Obama. It's the greedy companies who don't want to cut in to their millions in profits to properly care for their employees! It's these companies who put the all mighty dollar a head of people who are to blame! Because the companies who make enough to be included in the law, should have been providing health care options to their employees the whole time, there shouldn't have ever had to be a law put in place to make it happen!
Yes. People are loosing their jobs. And it's horrendous that it's happening. And No, I wouldn't want to be in their shoes. But the fact is that we should be placing the blame where it's due, not trying to find an out for Big Business - yet again!
Now, I can't possibly tell you all what to do, but I know, for me, for my family, we will be taking our business elsewhere when we can! The companies are NOT the types of businesses we wish to support! If you aren't sure which companies these are... Bookmark this blog post. I will be adding them to the list as I get their names!
Here's what I have so far:
- Papa John's
- Darden Restaurants (including: Olive Garden, Long Horn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, Eddie V's, Yard House, Seasons 52 and The Capital Grill)
- Stryker (makes artificial hips & knees)
- Welch Allyn (manufactures medical diagnostic equipment)
- Boston Scientific
- Smith & Nephew
- Abbott Labs
- Kinetic Concepts
- St. Jude Medical
- Hill Rom
- Medtronic (medical device maker)
- Dana Holding Corp. (global auto parts manufacturing)